False checkpoint targeting euthanasia supporters part of investigation, police confirm

first_imgNZ Herald 27 October 2016 A false police checkpoint set up by police to target euthanasia supporters is part of a police investigation into a suspected assisted suicide in June, police have confirmed.Wellington Acting District Commander Paul Basham also confirmed that further deaths are being investigated as part of Operation Painter.“When we become aware of information that people are contemplating suicide, we can’t look the other way,” he said.The police took the rare step of referring itself to the Independent Police Complaints Authority (IPCA) yesterday.Police earlier admitted that officers used the pretence of a drink-driving stop in Lower Hutt to collect details about elderly people leaving an Exit International meeting last month.Using those details, officers then visited the homes of nine people who were at the meeting to question them about potential involvement in assisted suicide.Police called a press conference in Wellington, where Basham said he wanted to “provide some context” to the controversial police actions.He said a coroner advised the police that a toxicology report in August showed a person had died after consuming a Class C controlled drug.The person was not suffering from a terminal illness and there were no signs that the death, which occurred in June, was suspicious.“Aiding and abetting suicide is the principal focus of the police investigation,” Basham said.Investigators had since identified several more suspected euthanasia cases, though police would not reveal the total number being investigated.After the police became aware of the Exit International meeting, the drink-drive checkpoint was set up to collect details of the attendees. Nine people were later visited and given counselling and support.Basham said the investigation and the checkpoint took place “in the interests of preserving life”. Police were obligated to investigate serious offences “regardless of the strength of feeling on the issue.” In an apparent reference to allegations of political interference – a law change around euthanasia is being considered by a select committee – he said police had no position on the issue.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11737140last_img read more

C’bean gov’ts urged to impose measures to curb alcohol consumption

first_img 66 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON (CMC) –Two United Nations health organisations are calling on Caribbean governments to implement measures that would curb the consumption of alcohol after a new study found that alcohol consumption in the Americas is higher on average than the rest of the world.“There are many actions that governments can take to control access to alcohol, including government monopolies, limiting hours and days of sale, and enforcement of minimum purchasing ages,” the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) say after releasing the findings of a Regional Status Report on Alcohol and Health in the Americas.“Limiting availability, restricting marketing, and increasing prices through taxation are three of the “Best Buys” recommended by the WHO to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases through cost-effective interventions.“These policies, along with measures to counter drinking and driving, are part of WHO’s Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. A number of other effective actions also exist, and countries should prioritize as many of these interventions as possible,” the two UN agencies said.They said that rates of heavy episodic drinking (HED) have risen in the past five years, from 4.6 to 13 per cent among women and 17.9 to 29.4 per cent among men.They said alcohol led to approximately one death every 100 seconds, on average, in the Americas in 2012 and that it contributed to more than 300,000 deaths in the region, with more than 80,000 of those involving deaths that would not have occurred had alcohol not been consumed.“Alcohol use contributes to more than 200 diseases and injuries, including cancers, HIV/AIDS, and various mental disorders. Alcohol was the cause for more than 274,000,000 years of healthy life lost in the Americas in 2012. About 5.7 per cent of the region’s population reported suffering from an alcohol use disorder, although the number is likely higher.”The two UN organizations also noted that the report noted that alcohol is the leading risk factor for death and disability among people aged 15–49 in the Americas and worldwide.“This is the age range in which people are typically at their most productive. A 2006 US study estimated that the harmful use of alcohol cost that country approximately US$224 billion (an average of $750 per person), 72 per cent of which was attributed to lost workplace productivity.“Other substantial costs to society exist, including when drinking leads to arrest, property damage, job loss, or health service visits.”They warn that as countries in the Americas, including those in the Caribbean, develop economically,” we can expect to see an increase in alcohol consumption and related harms in the absence of effective policies to prevent them.“Evidence also suggests that the socioeconomically disadvantaged often experience more harm from the same levels of consumption than their wealthier counterparts, possibly due to the lack of access to health care resources or greater social exclusion.”The UN agencies note that in most countries of the Americas, alcohol is produced and sold by private entities, and governments may or may not regulate and monitor these activities in the interest of public health.They said alcohol marketing restrictions are likely to have a large impact on women, who are less prone to have started drinking than are men, and an even greater effect on youth, who are more susceptible to advertising.“Total bans are the most effective type of marketing regulation and are relatively inexpensive to enforce,” PAHO/WHO said, adding that reducing the affordability of alcohol has an effect on all aspects of drinking, including prevalence of drinking, frequency, and intensity of consumption, as well as on many of the consequences of excessive drinking.“Alcohol taxes are an efficient way to raise government revenue. They require relatively little additional enforcement mechanisms and the revenues can be used to provide health and social services, further improving equity at the population level.” Share HealthInternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegional C’bean gov’ts urged to impose measures to curb alcohol consumption by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 22, 2015center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Louis H. Simmermeyer

first_imgLouis H. Simmermeyer, age 91 of Oldenburg, died Monday, May 21, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus.  Born September 24, 1926 in Franklin County Indiana, he is the son of Matilda (Nee: Scheele) and Leo Simmermeyer.  A Staff Sergeant in the army, he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II.  He married Viola Moorman August 13, 1949 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg and she preceded him in death January 31, 2015.  Louie was an account and controller for the Romweber Company 40 years before retiring as well as the water meter reader for the town of Oldenburg for years.  He was a member of Holy Family Church and the Oldenburg Knights of St. John Commandry #220.Louie loved being outdoors and working with his hands.  He gardened, raised grapes to make wine and kept his yard well-manicured.  He was one of those individuals that could fix anything around the house and was equally capable under the hood of a car.  Louie enjoyed violin and big band music and he and Vi often attended dances.  Gatlinburg was a favorite destination to visit and relax for them.  A talented woodworker, he created many pieces of heirloom quality furniture for his family and had a soft spot for dogs, having had several through the years that were all special to him.  Louie doted on his grandchildren. Being avid fisherman, he got to spend quite a bit of time fishing with his grandson and loved the frequent visits from his granddaughter and great granddaughter.He is survived by his daughter Mary Beth (David) Welsh of Batesville; granddaughter Kate (Bob) Rauch of St. Leon; grandson Andy (Nicole) Welsh of Ypsilanti, Michigan and great granddaughter Carmen Rauch.  In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by his sister Rita Enneking.Visitation is Friday, May 25th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church.  Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  The family requests memorials to the Holy Family Cemetery Fund.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more

West Ham join Ighalo pursuit

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ China waste treatment plant fined $16m for dumping untreated waste Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother West Ham is one of six Premier League clubs looking at Odion Ighalo.The Nigeria international is currently in China with Shanghai Shenhua who he joined in February this year – but reports suggest he is now keen to move back to the Premier League this winter.Shenhua would sanction a loan with a view to a permanent deal, making his prospective signing extremely appealing to a number of sides in January.Watford, Everton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton in addition to the Hammers are said to have all indicated an interest in taking Ighalo in the New Year and it will likely come down to the striker’s preference with all six clubs reportedly keen to bring him in.Ighalo scored 39 times in 99 appearances for Watford between 2014 and 2017 before departing for £21 million in 2017.Tags: ChinaOdion Ighalolast_img read more

Moyes: Rooney had ‘gone soft’

first_img With Rooney now signed up for the next five-and-a-half years, he can chase down Charlton’s record of 249 goals for the club, needing 42 more to eclipse it. “It’s a great opportunity to try to break those kinds of records,” Rooney told MUTV. “I’m not too far away even though I’ve still got a few goals to go, but I’m confident I can reach it. Hopefully it will happen and if it does it will be a really proud moment.” A more immediate goal for Rooney is helping United qualify for the Champions League. The Red Devils sit 11 points off the top four ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. Rooney could have left for guaranteed Champions League football this summer, but he wanted to stay because he is sure Moyes will eventually bring the glory days back to Old Trafford. “I know the direction that this club is going in, and if we don’t make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions League spot next season,” Rooney said on his official website. “The future is bright for Manchester United.” But Moyes, who brought Rooney through as a teenager at Everton, revealed how two early meetings with the forward put him back on the road to his best form. “I remember when he came to see me,” Moyes said in several newspapers. “I said to him: ‘If you ask me what’s missing – I think you’ve gone a bit soft’. “I thought he hadn’t been the hard-working, aggressive player he was. But now in games people are saying: ‘Look at the effort he is putting in.’ It’s his work-rate, not just for himself but for the team. He’s become an all-round team player who is also a technically gifted footballer.” Ferguson claimed at the end of last season that Rooney had asked to leave, and he was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer. However, Moyes never had any intention of selling. “I said to Wayne that I wanted him to stay,” he added. “Before I’d actually come in here, I’d met Wayne privately a couple of times, to talk about his situation, to try to understand. So when I got in [on 1 July] I knew where Wayne was. “The most important thing for Wayne was to show everyone what he really was and I think deep down he knows he didn’t play as well as he could have done at times. I needed to try to get him back to that level. But in the end I just said to him: ‘Wayne, go and get on with it.’ “His training was first class, he came back in great shape, you could really see the hunger back in his eyes again.” Rooney finally put an end to speculation regarding his future on Friday night when he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019, with Moyes backing him to earn his place alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and George Best in the club’s folklore. It is a scenario which barely seemed plausible when Moyes took charge of the club weeks after Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to have signalled the end of Rooney’s United career. David Moyes told Wayne Rooney he had “gone soft” before the start of this season but the turnaround in his form since has convinced the Manchester United manager he is worth every penny of his new £300,000-a-week contract. Press Associationlast_img read more

Taylor sees Suarez step backwards

first_img Taylor also feels the sanction handed down by FIFA on Thursday should have included a counselling and treatment course for the Liverpool striker to help him with “a trait he has to get rid of”. FIFA punished Suarez with a nine-match suspension and a ban from playing for any team for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Tuesday’s World Cup match. He added: “I would suggest we’ve been successful in about two out of three cases. So the odds would be in favour if that was addressed seriously, but of course Luis needs to accept that and be prepared to undertake that.” Suarez’s Uruguay team-mate Jose Maria Gimenez took to Twitter to say “more united than ever” after the ban was announced. The country’s sports minister, Liliam Kechichian, tweeted: “We are hurt by this excessive sanction, now let’s see how we can help this human being and whether, as a result of this, the group can show its class and its love for the Celeste.” Press Association Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor believes Luis Suarez has taken a “massive backward step” after the Uruguay striker was handed another long ban for biting an opponent. It is the third time Suarez has been punished for biting opponents, having been banned for seven matches while playing for Ajax in 2010 and 10 matches when at Liverpool last year. Taylor told Sky Sports News: “We felt things had got back on track (following his ban with Liverpool), it was up there for everybody to see, but of course this is a massive backward step on the world stage. “I feel FIFA should have led the way with regard to trying to make sure that this behaviour is just eradicated and insist on there being some serious counselling and treatment for Luis Suarez because there’s no doubt he’s one of the finest players in the world – but this is a trait he has to get rid of. “It’s just not good for him, for any of his club, his country or the game in general and I’ve not seen that issue addressed either. “Of course it’s not good when you’ve got somebody of such talent who spoils that talent by such behaviour and that’s why I believe it needs looking at in a serious way and that treatment course needs to be part of any sanction I would suggest.” On whether he thinks Liverpool will stick by Suarez amid reports of interest from Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer, Taylor added: “They will have to make a decision. “The size of the (reported) fee (from Barca and Madrid) is now a clear establishment for both the club and Luis Suarez, but no club wants to lose its very best players, particularly when they are one of the best in the world. But on the other hand neither do you want a player who is going to be suspended if he’s got a trait in his character that can’t be controlled.” Taylor, though, pointed out that the PFA has been successful in helping players deal with problems regarding mental health, frustration and anger in the past. last_img read more

Mourinho takes swipe at Wenger

first_img Press Association Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could not resist making a thinly-veiled dig at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger when asked about Manchester City’s faith in Manuel Pellegrini, saying some managers have “disappointed for 15 years” and remained in their job. The 61-year-old won the league title in his first season at City, but pressure mounted after last year’s disappointing campaign. Mourinho was asked if he was surprised to hear the news of the contract extension – a question he seemingly used to have a dig at old foe Wenger. “Why?” he said. “Some other clubs, they have disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same.” It appeared another cutting jibe at the Arsenal manager, who the Portuguese last year labelled a “specialist in failure”. The Gunners have secured back-to-back FA Cups but not won the league since the invincible campaign of 2003/04. The fact Wenger was unable to follow Arsenal’s dominance that season by retaining the Barclays Premier League crown underlines Mourinho’s belief that doing so is one of the hardest things in football. “When you win one, it’s more difficult to win it twice,” he said. “Why has no team won the Champions League twice in a row? “You win the title in a country where you are almost lonely or the opposition doesn’t reach the level – you win once, two times, three times, four times, no problem. “You do it because the other teams have no conditions to react. You win the Champions League, how many teams can react to the fact that they did not win the Champions League? A lot of them can react. “In the Premier League, if you win the title how many teams are able to react against that? A lot of them can react.” It means “every one of us has to perform better”, Mourinho says, as the economical and institutional powers want to wrestle back control. The Portuguese plans to boost their chances by adding up to a couple of new players before the window closes, with Augsburg left-back Baba Rahman believed to be close to joining. The fee is reported to be in excess of £20million, making the Ghana international their biggest summer signing – albeit a figure that pales in comparison to the £49m Sunday’s opponents spent on Raheem Sterling. City are reportedly close to spending a similar amount on former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne, which Mourinho says is a result of the west Londoners’ success. “Yes, because we were champions,” he said. “Because in the same way the season before Man City pushed us in the same direction. “We did sell – David Luiz, Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne – we did sell very good players to raise funds to make our investments. We did that. “It’s not like buy, buy, buy, buy, then sell. We buy and we sell and use the conditions between the money we spend and the money we get. It is fantastic the way Chelsea is doing this right.” Attention returns to the pitch on Sunday after a week of intense scrutiny and criticism regarding the Portuguese’s handling of team doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn. The second match of Chelsea’s Premier League title defence is a mouth-watering trip to runners-up City, who recently handed manager Pellegrini a surprise new two-year contract. last_img read more

Manuel Pellegrini: Man City have been the best team this season

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his team have been the best this season and denied they are too inconsistent. But despite slipping to third, City remain title favourites and Pellegrini also has a firm answer to any critics. He said: “I know that we are qualified in every competition, I know that we are top of the table… or we were top of the table just one game ago. “For 13 games we were the leaders so I expect that we have a very good team. Maybe we played three bad games in the whole season but in all the other games I think that we are a very consistent team and the best team this season.” There is a feeling Pellegrini’s attacking philosophy leaves a defence already weakened by the absence of the injured Vincent Kompany too exposed, but he denies this is an issue and will not change his approach. He said: “I like to play attacking football, I like to score a lot of goals, but I prefer to win 4-0 than 4-2. “If we are conceding goals it’s just not because we are playing attacking football. For the two goals of Borussia (Monchengladbach) we had seven or eight players near our box.” If that is the case, then Pellegrini accepts mistakes must be being made elsewhere, and he knows they need to be eradicated to keep the title bid on track. He said: “Of course. We need to because we’re too ugly. You can lose to any team here in England but you can’t lose ugly, by an important amount of goals. “It’s an important thing that we analyse why but I know exactly what to expect from this team every game.” Press Associationcenter_img City’s form since opening the campaign with five impressive, clean-sheet victories has been up and down with convincing wins interspersed with some dismal defeats. Two of the losses were particularly heavy, to Tottenham and Liverpool, while last week’s surprise defeat at Stoke knocked them off the top of the Barclays Premier League soon after they had reclaimed first place. last_img read more

Cricket News Sri Lanka’ Defence Ministry All-Clear Key For Cricket Team Tour To Pakistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan for three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals has already been in the news even before a ball has being bowled. Following the announcement of the tour, 10 senior Sri Lankan players, including Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews withdrew from the tour. The withdrawal of some key players prompted one Pakistan minister to tweet that India was behind coercing the players to withdraw from the tour. After those speculations were rubbished by the Sri Lanka sports minister, it all rests on the all-clear from the Sri Lanka Defence Ministry. Sri Lanka’s cricket board remains hopeful of going ahead with its tour of Pakistan but will await the final all-clear from the defence ministry, an official said. The Cricket Board Secretary Mohan de Silva said he was satisfied with the security arrangements of their hosts, but reports last week of a possible terror attack had been referred to the defence ministry for investigation. In an interaction with AFP, de Silva said, “Earlier last month I visited Pakistan along with our security consultant and we were satisfied with the arrangements. They have promised security reserved for a head of state.”Sri Lanka played one T20 match against Pakistan at Lahore in October 2017 and it was their first encounter in Pakistan after eight years. In March 2009, the Sri Lanka team was the target of an attack during a Test match in Pakistan’s Lahore.Also Read | Lasith Malinga Achieves New World Record In Twenty20 Clash Vs New ZealandSix Sri Lankan players were injured when gunmen attacked their bus. Six Pakistan policemen and two civilians were killed. Since the attack, a majority of international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country.Also Read | Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis retires from all forms of cricketSri Lanka Cricket did not call off the tour, but instead asked the government to reassess the security situation and make a final determination about the fate of the tour. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said it was not aware of any information relating to the safety of the Sri Lankan team, but has reiterated its commitment to provide security. Ten senior players have opted out of the tour citing security concerns. Sri Lanka has already announced two squads for the three One-Day Internationals and the three T20 matches starting September 27. last_img read more

UW avoids ‘one and done’ week to advance to WNIT quarterfinals

first_imgKnowing that they had a tough task ahead of them trying to contain the University of Kentucky’s Sarah Elliot and Jennifer Humphrey on the blocks, University of Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone emphasized it could be “one and done” all week in practice. That mentality paid off. Wisconsin dominated Kentucky on the glass, out-rebounding the Wildcats 54-35. UK, accustomed to being the aggressors around the hoop all season, simply didn’t know what hit them. “We gave up way too many offensive rebounds,” UK head coach Mickie DeMoss said. “We just really had a hard time keeping them off the boards. They got too many second-chance points, and that was the difference in the end.” The Badgers allowed 11 offensive rebounds, while pulling down an impressive 25 of their own. “We’ve never given up this many offensive rebounds,” DeMoss said. “The last couple of games, we have struggled on the boards for whatever reason, but all year we’ve been a good rebounding team; that’s one of our strengths. To give that kind of effort on the boards is very disappointing.” On the other hand, Stone couldn’t have been more thrilled. “To out-rebound a team from a tremendous conference by 19 shows the courage, the commitment, the hard work (of this team),” Stone said. UW guard Janese Banks simply could not be stopped underneath the basket, as she grabbed 13 rebounds, seven of which were on the offensive end. “I thought our team attacked the basket and hit the offensive boards,” Banks said. “I think that led to a lot of good baskets for us.” Elliot picked up two quick fouls in the first half, which limited her to only 10 minutes before the break. That was certainly a factor in the Badgers’ ability to out-rebound the Wildcats 28-18 during that span. “Anytime your big people pick up those early fouls, it disrupts you,” DeMoss said. Banks was not the only Badger to own the glass. Danielle Ward and Jolene Anderson, the team’s leading rebounder, grabbed nine and seven, respectively. And Mariah Dunham added seven of her own. Clutch From the Line Those familiar with tournament play in college basketball are aware of how important free-throw shooting can be. The Badgers’ ability to cash in from the charity stripe proved to be the difference down the stretch. “Free throws were huge for us,” Stone said. “They can win a game or lose a game for you, and we just hit enough to hold on.” As a team, the cardinal and white shot 81.8 percent (18-of-22) from the free-throw line in the second half. Banks, as she has shown all season, was clutch. She was 7-of-7 from the line after the break. She wasn’t the only one who came up big down the stretch. Freshman point guard Rae Lin D’Alie went 6-of-6 during the game’s final minutes. A Record Breaking Night With the win, the Badgers tied a program record with 21 wins this season. They also set a new program record for home wins with 15. UW is now 15-3 in the Kohl Center this year. It will have at least one more chance to add to that mark, as it holds home-court advantage throughout the rest of the WNIT. “We want the Kohl Center [to be] where people don’t want to come and play, much like for our men’s team,” Stone said. The Badgers seem to be on their way. “We’re winning, and we’re playing at home,” Anderson said. “You can’t ask for anything more.”last_img read more